Oppidan Smoke + Sea Straight, 46%
Price: $45 ● Issue: Fall 2021 ● Reviewer: David Fleming
This French oak and peated Islay scotch barrel-finished bourbon is bright and delicate, with a scotch-like nose offering gentle notes of kumquat, potpourri, and candle wax, with water bringing out vanilla and saltwater taffy. The palate is deeper and more brooding, as orange peel melds with allspice, mince, and a hint of pipe tobacco. The finish isn't terribly lengthy, but offers sweetness punctuated by an appealing touch of light citrus, all integrating well with the spice notes.